Hosting over 3,000 participants annually, The Greek Orthodox Folk Dance & Choral Festival (FDF) is the largest youth ministry program of the Metropolis of San Francisco. This ministry is dedicated to promoting, encouraging and continuing the Orthodox faith, Greek heritage and culture among individuals, families and communities by expressing it through folk dance, song, art, music and language.
FDF being moved from February to January
In recognition of Great Lent, which in 2018 begins during the traditional FDF weekend in mid-February, FDF 2018 will instead take place at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in San Francisco, CA. over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend in mid-January.
Due to the change in the event dates to an earlier weekend and a different location than in past years, our dance groups are on a tight practice schedule. Because of this shortened dance year, our dancers and directors are working tirelessly to get their suites prepared for presentation. Our costume librarians are working overtime to get our 130 dancers costumed and ready for the stage.
A celebration of Greek culture and philanthropy
Beginning Thursday night with the Opening Ceremony, and concluding Sunday evening with the Awards Show, FDF includes three days of Greek dance and choral competition, as well as non-competitive “exhibition” dance performances, with nearly 100 groups participating. Educational workshops about the Orthodox faith are offered to all attendees throughout the weekend. FDF’s Diakonia Project – a project designed to promote and encourage dance groups to perform charitable acts within their communities – has also evolved into organizing an additional all-hands community service project on-site during FDF weekend.
In addition, various entertainment options and activities fill the weekend, including concerts, glendia, guest speakers, musicians, comedians and kids events, all of which have helped encourage guests from around the world to come visit and partake in this fantastic weekend.
For more information on FDF, be sure to visit their official website.